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Seattle Asian Art Museum

Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112 (Broadway / Capitol Hill)
206 654 3100
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Ranked #65 of 213 Attractions in Seattle
Type: Art Museums
Description: The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.
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Northern California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
46 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We have only visited this museum once and that for a specific exhibit. Thus this is not a review of the museum as a whole. This Fall the SAAM had an Art Deco Japan exhibit that was not only an eye-opener but a very terrifically done exhibit that educated the viewer to 1920s and 1930s (in particular) Japan. The setting... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Full disclosure: I am not an Asian art lover. I do, however, love Art Deco. We did not go to any other part of the museum so this review is only of this one exhibit. It's a fantastic private collection on loan to the museum. A fascinating glimpse into a time period in a culture that I think of as... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I went to see the absolutely stunning Deco Japan exhibit. If you have not already seen it - you have until Oct 19. Run, don't walk! The museum contains well organized displays of Asian art - both contemporary and older. There is always something interesting to see. There is a suggested admission fee The building itself is located in Volunteer... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Deco Japan is only on until 19th October 2014 so see it before it closes. This is one of the best exhibitions I have ever seen and I do mean ever. The rest of the Art Deco Museum is beautifully laid out and the collection is really worth seeing too but for me, Deco Japan was just stunning. It has... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Usually a staid and quiet venue, the Japan Deco show at the Asian Art Museum was heart-poundingly lovely.... objects, paintings, all opening for the viewer a new experience of Japan between the wars... Yes, go!

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Take time to visit this handsome art deco building with galleries featuring visiting contemporary Asian art and ancient art from their permanent collection. The Volunteer Park setting is lovely. If you are members of another art museum, carry your card; you might be eligible for reciprocal free admission.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a very interesting museum with a lovely collection of Asian art and it is located on a scenic hill that over looks the city. You can see the Space Needle here as well as the sculpture that was the motivation for the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun". It's worth just going for the view. But the museum is... More

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Trois-Rivieres, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Great view, nice asian art collection and the Volunteer water tower right by. The kids got what they wanted: variety and great introduction to Asian art to children.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a small collection in a very nice deco building located in Volunteer Park. I love going just to see the ceramic pieces. Almost never any crowds

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The Deco building is an outstanding example of the period. The detailed entry doors welcome you into a different world. The interior simplicity featuring the Asian art exhibits with high ceilings, natural light in the atrium space, with varied intimate galleries is a quiet, calming and soothing atmosphere. Sit inside to relax a moment, or on the terraced area by... More

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